Home Page
Oatlands Junior School Caring about today, creating successful tomorrows.
We are Oatlands Juniors. We're Amazing!

Modern Foreign Languages

MFL Subject Leader - Laura Hind

email -

At Oatlands Junior School, we aim to nurture our pupils’ understanding of the world and its cultures through high quality language teaching. We want to foster a love of learning language, promote positive attitudes towards other languages and understand that communication in our global society is dependent on our knowledge of other languages.

How is French taught and what does it look like at OJS?

The focus on learning French here at Oatlands Junior School is on practical communication, with oracy taking centre stage in the majority of our lessons. We believe that speaking and listening are vital skills for language learning and regular repetition of vocabulary and phrases are key to building an understanding of a foreign language. Our lessons are built around games, songs and groups and paired activities, providing children many chances to practise their skills. Opportunities to discuss language learning strategies and comparisons with English also give our pupils the chance to reflect on their native language through the lense of foreign language learning.

Every two years, we hold a French week, which combines language skills, culture, geography, art and DT.


What will your child leave OJS knowing, understanding and appreciating in French?

By the end of your child's time here at Oatlands Junior School, the foundations for foreign language teaching and learning will have been laid. Whilst they should have a good grasp of the basics of French, above all, we hope that they will understand HOW foreign languages can both differ from English and in some ways can be similar. We want them to value the wide range of opportunities provided by being able to communicate in languages other than their own. Finally, we want them to appreciate that language learning can be practical, purposeful but most of all, fun!


What do pupils at OJS think about French?

“Bonjour! I like French because if I ever go there I’ll know some words because of my French lessons!” Year 6 pupil


“I like the fun games we play after learning new words in French.” Year 3 pupil


“I like learning about other people’s language and lives.”  Year 5 pupil


“How I learn to do something difficult and then when I get it right it feels really good.” Year 4 pupil

MfL 2020-21

French Week 2021

In the final week before half term, we held OJS's second French week and it was a great success! Building on our knowledge from two years ago, this time we learned about the use of French around the world, focusing specifically on Francophone countries in Africa. We learned in geography and history about where French is spoken and why; in Art, we created landscapes based on the work of Paul Gauguin and in music, we used plastic tubs to create our own rhythms, inspired by what we had learned about the djembe drums. For Thursday's school dinner, the dining room was transformed into a French cafe and we were able to order from a French menu.

Each half term, we take the register in a different language. So far, we have learned greetings in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Chinese. In Summer 1, the register language will be Arabic. If you speak a language other than English in your household and would like to share it with the children at OJS, please e-mail Miss Hind.

Year 3 greetings

Year 3 have been learning how to greet each other and ask people how they are. The Badgers have been practising their best faces to help their friends understand them!

Year 5 family trees

In Year 5, the children have been learning how to describe their family. They have put together these wonderful presentations for you to enjoy!

Isla - family tree.MOV

Still image for this video

Merry Christmas from around the world!

The French Ambassadors have been creating Christmas cards to send out, writing Merry Christmas in a whole range of different languages. 


Creating Flashcards 

Each year group have created a set of flash cards for the key vocabulary they are looking at this half-term in French. 

Year 6 are looking at food, Year 5 family, Year 4 parts of the body and Year 3 colours. They can use these whenever they have a spare moment during their lessons!

European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages takes place each year on 26th September. This year, the French Ambassadors taught each class how to say 'Hello, good afternoon' in a whole range of different European languages. The children in class then had to guess which language it was and match it to the correct flag. 

Our New French Ambassadors

Our French Ambassadors are vital in promoting engagement and enjoyment in their French lessons across school. We will meet every half-term to practise new songs and put together games that hopefully all children can learn and enjoy. 

Our first French Week was a great success! We spent the week learning about the geography of France, writing postcards from the destinations we'd found out about; creating pieces of artwork based on Matisse (Y3), Van Gogh (Y4), Seurat (Y5) and Toulouse-Lautrec (Y6); learning about food and how to order in a cafe in France; making models of French landmarks (lower school) and researching famous French people (upper school). On Friday, Year 6 ran a French cafe and the whole school were treated to a snack and a drink which they ordered in French. The French Ambassadors put on a play for everyone to watch, 'Le Navet Geant', (The Enormous Turnip) which was a huge hit!

Flamingos Class Toulouse Lautrec artwork during French Week

This half term's register language...

Each half term, the pupils and teachers at Oatlands take the register in a different language. This half term, we are learning how to greet each other and ask for our lunch in Yoruba, a West African language spoken in Nigeria.

The French ambassadors were invited to watch a French play, Ti Jean et la chevre, at GSAL in February. The performance, by the Theatre sans Frontieres, told three stories from French speaking countries of Mali, Canada and Cambodia. Through fantastic acting, gestures, props and songs, all children were able to understand the plots. It was a brilliant morning and really great to see the children so captivated by storytelling in a language other than their own!

OJS French Ambassadors

Our French Ambassadors, two per class, are voted in at the start of the year. Their role is to help promote French and help the teacher by leading either a game, an activity or a song in the French lessons. We meet once a half term to learn some new activities and are always excited to take it back to class to try it out!

French in Year 4

In Year 4, we have been learning how to say the date, including how to say when our birthdays are. We have learned lots of vocabulary and are now learning how to put words into phrases and sentences. 

Help us out by asking us: "Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?"

Find Us

  • Oatlands Junior School
  • Beechwood Grove, Harrogate,
  • North Yorkshire, HG2 8QP
View Google Map